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NDIANAPOLIS -- With the NFL Scouting Combine now over, it's a reasonable time to post my first mock draft. I'm sure many things will change with this projected first round, but here it is -- for now:

1. St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

This is a QB driven league and if the Rams don't trade for a QB in free agency or move down in the draft, Bradford is this year's Matthew Stafford. At 6-foot-4 ¼ and 236 pounds, he could be a franchise QB.

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2. Detroit Lions

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

He is impressive on tape, he put on a show at the combine, and he will be Jim Schwartz' answer to his days in Tennessee, when Albert Haynesworth dominated the line of scrimmage.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Bucs have returned to the Monte Kiffin style 4-3 defense, and McCoy can do many of the things Warren Sapp did back in the glory days of Tampa's defense.

4. Washington Redskins

Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Chris Samuels is expected to announce his retirement this week, leaving a glaring hole at left tackle. But I do wonder if the 'Skins want to move up for Bradford.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli wants high character guys, and Bulaga fits the bill. He was coached by one of Pioli's friends in the business, Kirk Ferentz.

6. Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

With Matt Hasselbeck's health and age now becoming a concern, the Seahawks need a QB of the future. And with two picks in the first round of new coach Pete Carroll's initial draft, now is the time to pull the trigger.

7. Cleveland Browns

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The Browns have 11 picks in this draft and should come out of this process with a number of starters. A corner to plug in right away is a necessity.

8. Oakland Raiders

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Raiders owner Al Davis loves big linemen and has a special place for East Coast guys. Anthony Davis impressed at the combine and needs a push to reach his full potential. Tom Cable is an offensive line coach by trade and can get the most out of this guy.

9. Buffalo Bills

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

Buffalo can build the defense around McClain, especially since they are headed to a 3-4. He can play inside or outside.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Berry can play anywhere in the secondary, which means he can match up well on division foes Dallas Clark or Andre Johnson.

11. Denver Broncos

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Broncos aren't abandoning the 3-4 defense, but they need bigger people up front. Williams can two-gap or penetrate, and is just what they need, either as a nose tackle or in 5 techniques.

12. Miami Dolphins

Earl Thomas, S, Texas

The Dolphins had two fine rookie corners last year but really need a safety who can play coverage. Right now they play with two strong safety types. Thomas can also demonstrate corner skills and match up with the slot wide receivers, like Wes Welker, in their division.

13. San Francisco 49ers

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

The Niners need a tackle to play opposite Joe Staley if they want to keep pounding Frank Gore and protect Alex Smith. After drafting a guy like Williams, they can figure out who is left and right.

14. Seattle Seahawks

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

This draft's version of the Titans' Chris Johnson. Pete Carroll always had a matchup back like Reggie Bush at USC, and Spiller could touch the ball 20 times a game as a rookie when you factor in his return skills.

15. New York Giants

Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

The Giants need linebacker help in the worst way, and Kindle can do it all. If he is gone at this point in the draft, they could turn to Sean Weatherspoon.

16. Tennessee Titans

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Titans always seem to build around defense, and without Kyle Vanden Bosch or Jevon Kearse Tennessee will like Morgan's production in 2009 when he had 12.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

17. San Francisco 49ers

Taylor Mays, S, USC

A rare athlete who will bring a presence to the 49ers' secondary.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

The Steelers could take a serious look at G/OT Mike Iupati, but in the end they need the best corner on the board.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Hard to take a one-year wonder in the first round, but this guy is passing the eye-ball test and has the potential to be very good.

20. Houston Texans

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Texans will never win the division if they don't have the secondary to match up with the Colts' receivers. Dunta Robinson is leaving in free agency and must be replaced.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Tate ran a sub 4.3 40 on a lot of scouts' watches at the combine (although officially he ran 4.42). The former running back is a high character guy who had 93 catches last year for 16.1 yards per reception and 15 touchdowns. Carson Palmer needs a deep threat with the passing of the late Chris Henry.

22. New England Patriots

Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan

The Patriots need a pass rush, and they love smart outside linebacker candidates for their 3-4 defense. Belichick likes to jump into a 4-3 look occasionally, and Graham can do that as well. Graham had 29.5 sacks and 56 tackles for loss at Michigan.

23. Green Bay Packers

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Iupati is a versatile lineman with a lot of intensity. He could wind up playing anywhere along the front, but left guard would be ideal.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

This guy has character, athletic ability, the football IQ to play in the middle, and he impressed at the combine. He finished his college career with more than 400 tackles, 43.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 18 passes defensed.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

A talented receiver with some baggage, though. The Ravens locker room could take care of Bryant, and this team needs a playmaker for QB Joe Flacco.

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26. Arizona Cardinals

Charles Brown, OT, USC

The Cardinals need linebacker help and could look at a guy like Ricky Sapp, but they also lost their starting left tackle, Mike Gandy. And Brown looked better than most of the tackles at the combine.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Campbell is a major project, and a team with an older starting left tackle who won't need to put Campbell in immediately should take a chance on this athlete. If Campbell has to play early, though, this experiment would be a disaster. The Cowboys like their linemen big, and someday he could replace Flozell Adams.

28. San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

LaDainian Tomlinson is gone and Darren Sproles is testing free agency. Matthews needs work in the passing game, but he is a work-horse back who had 3,280 yards and 39 touchdowns as a Bulldog, and who ran a 4.41 40 at the combine.

29. New York Jets

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Odrick has the size to play anywhere along the defensive line. He's a high character guy, and the Jets have some age up front.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Pat Williams isn't getting any younger, and Price is a very disruptive force inside. The Vikings need corner help but can find it in the next round or free agency (Dunta Robinson or Leigh Bodden).

31. Indianapolis Colts

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

If the Colts lose middle linebacker Gary Brackett, then things could change at this pick. But Pouncey is the best center in this draft, and Jeff Saturday can't play forever.

32. New Orleans Saints

Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU

The Saints could go in a number of different directions here, but Hughes brings pass rush and the athletic ability to play linebacker.

Edited by Tony Graziani
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man, this guy MIGHT turn out great, but I dont want ATL to be the team to roll the dice on him.

TD likes experience, so I dont know if he will consider JPP. He only has 7 games started @ USF, thats really slim pickins!

Man, I would rather have:

Graham, Bryant, Iupati, Weatherspoon, even Odrick than JPP.

I am just very gun shy about a one hit wonder after JA98. Especially since Jamaal's one year was about twice as good as JPPs in terms of rushing the passer.

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he also has eric berry going 10th. at least he's consistent with those two picks in that they won't happen. I'm a BIG USF fan and I didn't see what all the hype was about with JPP. Some team will pick him top 15 and they will regret it. I honestly think the player across from him George Selvie will be the better pro.

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This sounds exactly like Jamaal Anderson

yep... He may end up being better... but Im not willing to risk it... Spoon has been consistant throughout his college career... we need a proven player... Loften was a proven player & thats the kind of player TD looks for IMO

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This sounds exactly like Jamaal Anderson

Precisely, let's not take someone we hope will be good...let's take a career starter at his position, that we can watch his progression, on film and see where he is at. We don't have the luxury of being able to groom yet another young Dlineman. We already have potential in Sid, and Biermann.

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Don't worry guys, some 3-4 team will grab JPP way before our pick to play the rush OLB.

If Dez Bryant drops to our pick you would have a really tough time talking me out of taking that chance with the 19th pick. We need another playmaker besides Roddy and Jenkins is getting worse with more playing time and money.

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Aside from the workout warrior and one-year-wonder concerns, JPP just doesn't look that well after a tape study. The things he does are done on sheer athleticism and make for good highlights, but his fundamentals are poor at best. Situational awareness, positioning, anticipation and read-and-react skills all have the look of a guy who doesn't know the game, which isn't surprising given his limited experience. I just don't see him making the transition to the pro game.

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Situational awareness, positioning, anticipation and read-and-react skills all have the look of a guy who doesn't know the game

He'll be in the NFL just as a pass-rusher and he's good to go from day 1. I don't think he'll ever be used as more than a situational guy but he'll be one of the best situational player going.

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